Chapter 2

WHAT IS PERSONAL MASTERY?

If you don’t understand yourself, you don’t understand anybody else.

—NIKKI GIOVANNI

Instead of waiting for a leader you can believe in, try this: become a leader you can believe in.

—STAN SLAP

WHAT IS PERSONAL MASTERY?

Definition: “Personal mastery is the discipline of continually clarifying and deepening our personal vision, of focusing our energies, of developing patience, and of seeing reality objectively. And it goes beyond competence and skills, although it involves them. People with a high level of personal mastery live in a continual learning mode. They never “arrive.” Personal mastery is not something you possess. It is a process. It is a lifelong discipline.” —PETER SENGE1

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